Diego Costa's £32m Atlético departure was 'rushed through' claims Enrique Cerezo, president of the Madrid-based club, according to reports from the Spanish capital. Cerezo also heaped praise upon Costa and criticised former Atlético forward Sergio Agüero for the manner in which he departed the club for Manchester City.
Spanish media outlet Marca cites an interview conducted between Cerezo and Radio4G, in which the former audaciously claimed that Costa would not have moved had the transfer been proposed now. The Atléti president claimed that the deal was 'rushed' and that Costa pounced on the offer due to the financial incentives. Cerezo also said that Costa would have rejected Chelsea if he was offered the job now, claiming that Costa has a 'moment of weekness', and implying that the Brazilian-born forward did not have enough time to ponder a more viable decision.
Costa has been in fine form for his new side, Chelsea, having scored nine league goals in just eight league games, and Cerezo also referred to the latter as 'one of the best strikers in the world' following his outstanding current form and that of last term. Assuming he can maintain fitness, Chelsea's new acquisition could leave Atlético ruing the move.
Cerezo also went on to declare that the transfer was not financially satisfactory for Atlético, professing that 'the financial side was not so great' for the club. Additionally, Cerezo attested that Atlético only received 'around 50%' of the discussed value. He also claimed that 'it was more a matter of the money he [Costa] would receive'.
In the largely negative interview, Sergio Agüero's decision to move to Manchester City was labeled as 'stupid', and it was claimed that the Argentine forward could have 'become a legend' in Madrid. The LFP also came under-fire, due to the 'different stances' occupied by Atlético and the league association, with Cerezo questioning how only one of his players won an award when seven were selected in the team of the season.